KELEKETLA & THE CITY
core members of the Keleketla Library, a Collective based at the historic Drill Hall in the inner city of Johannesburg in conversation with Claudia Wegener/ radio continental drift; recorded in September 2010; see also: http://www.archive.org/details/Keleketla_Library_Sept2010_459
artists participating in the interview & conversation:
Ra Hlasane; Kagiso Mnesi (a.k.a. K-Black) and Malose Malahlela (a.k.a. 4matt) founding members from the "innacitycommunity";
Richard Roodt (a.k.a. Quaz of "Liquid Tongue Collective"); Mutshoblani (Fananati)
These tracks present a footage record of an interview with the core members of Keleketla Library, a collective of artists who have been running a library for children and open space for cultural production & exchange in the buzzing urban environment of the inner city. They are also creating and maintaining permanent programming of after-school-activities, evening events, workshops & residencies of/ with visiting artists.
Here they tell, who they are, how they got started & involved, and describe the place & location, its history and how it resonates in their work, how they develop their work, their skills and the project as a whole among the resident communities of the inner city, and where they see themselves heading.
In the background, the permanent soundscape of the taxi-rank the artists also talk about in the interview.
Two additional tracks at: http://www.archive.org/details/Keleketla_Library_Sept2010_459
contain a response from Claudia Wegener / radio continental drift; and part of a conversation around modes of collective cultural production in response to a challenging super-urban environment.
Keleketla Library: http://keleketla.org/about/
"Keleketla! Library is an inter-disciplinary, independent library and media arts project. It was established in 2008 to create access to the use of arts and media strategies as alternative education models and tools. We initiate and provide platforms for collaborative, experimental, multi-media projects with local, national and international artists, cultural practitioners and activists. Keleketla! the word is a Pedi word which is a response to the beginning of a story, something that you say back to the storyteller's "once upon a time". It is an acknowledgment, a consent that; "I am here, willing to listen to your story with active participation". It began as a once off collaboration with Bettinna Malcomess, innacitycommunity and the Joubert Park Project, with financial support by the National Arts Council. We are based at the historic Drill Hall, Joubert Park."
radio continental drift: http://radiocontinentaldrift.wordpress.com
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